After trying some alternative procedures and not finding relief of her symptoms, Natalie Kracht decided it was time to consider other options.
“I had been seeing my doctor for a while and we tried an ablation and some other alternatives, but nothing relieved the intense pain I felt every month around my cycle,” explained Kracht. “That’s when a friend recommended I meet with Dr. Kaaki at Allen Hospital.”
Dr. Bilal Kaaki, OB/GYN at UnityPoint Clinic – OB/GYN has been performing hysterectomies for 15 years, six of those using the DaVinci surgical robot. For Natalie, a robotically assisted laproscopic hysterectomy was the most logical step to relieve her pain and symptoms.
With a traditional hysterectomy, women can expect to be off work for four-six weeks, with weight-bearing and activity limits to help promote healing. According to Dr. Kaaki, robotic hysterectomy patients can expect faster healing and a return back to much of their normal routine in half that time.
“Women still have to respect the weight-bearing and activity limits during the first six weeks after surgery, but my DaVinci patients typically only need two or three weeks off work before they feel well enough to return, provided the job is not physically taxing),” Kaaki said. “Every woman is different, of course, but because robotic surgery results in much less blood loss, recovery can be faster.”
Kracht’s recovery went so well, in fact, she was able to go home the same day as her procedure.
“The nurses were so friendly and helpful, and they gave me good advice so I would feel comfortable taking care of myself at home,” she shared. “I was able to get back to my normal routine pretty quickly. All I could think was ‘this is so much different than when my female family members had this surgery years ago.’”
She was back to work in eight days and back to walking and moderate (physician-approved) exercise within two weeks. Kracht even went on a family vacation two weeks after her surgery.
“This was the best decision for me. I never regretted it and so glad to be free of the pain.”